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Tune into the Biggest Esports Events This Year (and Ever)

Dota 2’s The International annually breaks esports prize pool records.

Starting this week and going on through the middle of December, teams will be competing in some of the biggest esports tournaments of all time. The Smerf team will be tuning into all of them.

How would you like to compete for $40,018,195USD? Because that’s the prize pool for the most notable tournament on this list, which is returning after taking the year off in 2020 due to public health concerns: The International 10, the 10th annual Dota 2 world championship.

This tournament is yet again shattering prize pool records, last set by The International 9 in 2019, with a prize pool of $34,330,068USD, retaining it’s spot on the throne as king of esports competitions. The game’s immense prize pools are thanks to a long-standing crowdfunding campaign from developer Valve where a percentage of player spending on in-game cosmetics and limited-time championship-themed events through their seasonal battle pass contributes the vast majority of the money in the prize pool.

People from all over the world will be tuning in to watch — folks who have never played even a minute of Valve’s Free-to-play MOBA.

This year 18 teams from around the world will duke it out as the tournament returns to Europe for the first time since The International began in 2011 and will be held in Arena Naţională in Bucharest, Romania between October 7th and October 17th of this month.

It is incredibly watchable even if you have never played Dota, or any other MOBA. In the past, Valve has even hosted streams that are intentionally more understandable for newcomers. Check in this Thursday for the start of the must-see Event. We’ll surely be watching.

LoL Worlds 2021 runs from October 5th until November 6th.

The other big tournament starting this week is the League of Legends World Championship 2021, which has recently been moved from China to Reykjavik, Iceland due to difficulties obtaining visas for players. The prize pool is $2,225,000USD which may seem paltry when compared to the previous event but certainly no less prestigious.

It should be an event for teams to really test their mettle against the best teams from each region with 22 teams competing between October 5th when the opening ceremony kicks off and eventually being whittled down to just 2 teams in the grand finals on November 6th.

The final big tournament to round out the year does not yet have a prize pool listed but is no less notable. It is the very first VALORANT Champions Tour, the name for the VALORANT World Championships.

VALORANT Champions Tour has a lengthy qualification process.

It begins late in the year on December 2nd in Berlin, Germany and will be between the 16 best teams in the world. Currently, the teams that have qualified are Sentinels, Team Envy, Ascend, Fnatic, Team Vikings, Vivo Keyd Stars, KRU Esports, Crazy Raccoon, X10 Esports, Team Secret, Vision Strikers, and Gambit. These teams have qualified through a grueling set of tournaments in their respective regions and internationally through VALORANT Masters events.

Four more teams are still to qualify from the Last Chance Qualifier Event being held this month from October 12th to October 17th. Expect to see some incredible top-tier play from these teams before the tournament wraps up on December 12th.

You can be sure we’ll be watching all the action unfold for all three of these games’ major events.

See you there.

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